Chris O.

Location:

New York, NY

Member since:

January 10, 2012

How did you hear about the group? What have you heard about the group?

Was checking out a cross-country skiing meet-up and this one popped up. Looked at group reviews, sounded good (diverse, civilized, opportunities to learn or crew - and the art show? Not sure if that was a different group).

Have you taken any sailing courses? Do you hold any certifications?

No certifications. Took a sailing course eons ago in Scotland. Took one in Camp Fire -- but our instructor crashed into another boat in Mamaroneck Harbor, put a hole in it, and that was the end of that.

Are you interested in joining a racing team, cruising or both?

Both, possibly a little more in cruising.

Are you looking to be crew on another boat? Are you looking for crew for your boat?

No. Looking to crew.

Do you own a boat? How much experience do you have?

I own a sunfish but it is in Massachusetts and I think my nieces have appropriated it. Light experience -- mostly a long time ago. I don't know anything about navigation but I know one body of water very well that has taught me the importance of knowing where sandbars and rocks are, currents and weather shifts. Last time I sailed I got caught in a freak storm alone and managed to get back with hands raw from holding the sheet in a gale: I guess I have basic competence and sense. I used to crew on a Rhodes 19 in a pond race with a psychiatrist who kept calling me a "farmer." I later learned that was a terrible insult.

Introduction

I used to crew in pond sailboat races on Martha's Vineyard as a kid; took a sailing course in Scotland; have a sunfish that I rarely get to use (on Martha's Vineyard). Have done little sailing in New York - access and time! This looks perfect.


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